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While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within

While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within [Kindle Edition]

Bruce Bawer
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Having recently published an indictment of Christian fundamentalist intolerance in the U.S. (Stealing Jesus), New York native Bawer relocated to Europe with his Norwegian partner in 1998 and found an even more dangerous strain of religious and cultural bigotry ensnaring Western Europe. A swarming menace called radical Islam, he writes, rings Europe's cities in smoldering Muslim ghettos, provoking everything from so-called honor killings and political assassinations to the Madrid subway bombings and the massacre of school children in Beslan. Worse, the Taliban-like theocracy Bawer sees looming inside backward immigrant populations resistant to integration flourishes under the protective wing of Western Europe's America-bashing, multicultural, liberal establishment. The latter correspond to the appeasers of Nazi Germany, in Bawer's view, since he believes that radical Islamism is every bit the threat to Western civilization that Nazism was. He scoffs at talk of "understanding" or "dialogue," indeed, at any but the most muscular response hitching Europe ever tighter to the U.S. war on terror. His clash-of-civilizations outlook means real issues often get washed away by sweeping statements designed to tar Europe's Muslims with one irredeemably hostile, welfare-sponging brush, while trading in well-worn stereotypes about virtuous American "realists" and corrupt European "idealists." (Mar.)
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From Booklist

*Starred Review* When cultural journalist Bawer moved to the Netherlands and then Norway, he found societies in which tolerance and civility were ubiquitous and social services provided from cradle to grave. But he soon discovered smug, ill-informed anti-Americanism, especially among politicians, academics, and the media, and a stifling political correctness that allowed biting the hand that feeds as long as the fed could claim minority status. Particularly alarming was the fact that Muslims were never criticized, Muslim-committed crimes largely overlooked. Brought to trial, Muslims were often acquitted on peculiar grounds and enjoyed all of Western Europe's welfare, which they take disproportionately to their numbers, including government subsidization of mosques. Bawer cites instance after instance to bolster his contention that Western Europe is on the brink of losing Western European ways of life, beginning with personal liberties. He hopes for a liberal reaction that will get tough with the enormously bold, bullying Islamic fundamentalists, who seem to have utterly cowed the so-called moderate Islamic majority. He fears fundamentalist Islamicization of Western Europe or, instead, the reemergence of racist fascism. A book of the utmost importance, full of deep concern for Europe and almost unbelievable revelations for most Americans. Ray Olson
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 469 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0385514727
  • Verlag: Anchor (21. Februar 2006)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Wake up, Europe! NOW! 11. Juli 2008
Von Oudfreak
We are still allowed to write critical books about Islam.
Bruce Bawer has. You and I are still allowed to read these books and criticize them all we want, praise them or trash them. That's free speech. It's a great Western value people in the past have fought hard for. Lost their lives over.

According to Bruce Brawer, an American living in Norway, this is about to change unless we Europeans who are still enjoying our innocent beauty sleep wake up.

This is the message of Bruce Bawer's book 'While Europe slept'.

As readable and non-intellectual (I mean that positively) Bawer's writing style is, the sharper and more non-compromising is his message.
Basically, if we don't call the common enemy, fundamentalist Islam, by its real name, get our heads out of the sand and stop being so apologetically politically correct NOW, JETZT, NU, ADESSO, IMMEDIATEMENT, Europe's future is looking very dark indeed.
Brawer's analysis of Western Europe's failed immigration politics and its attitude towards immigrants rings very, very true.

The book also dedicates a substantial part to explaining the paradox of the ubiquitous anti-Americanism among Western Europeans. Certain aspects of Brawer's sweeping analysis hit the bull's eye while others seem a bit more dubious.
For instance, although Brawer is not explicitly pro-Bush, he delivers harsh critique to all Europeans, normal citizens, politicians and members of the intellectual elite alike, who criticize Bush's resolve in dealing with dictators and tyrants and, ultimately, America's war in Iraq. However, Brawer fails to mention (deliberately or not) the lacking evidence for the existence of weapons of mass destruction, which, after all, was the main pretext for starting the war.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good book with flaws 16. Dezember 2009
Von John Dury
Despite its sensationalist title this is a good book.
The basic thesis and observations are well put and argued (I should like to test how great Bawer's linguistic skills in the three dozen or so Euroepan languages he claims to know really are - he does seem very proud of them. Even a smattering of French and Norwegian of course would put him ahead of 99 percent of his compatriots).
The book's greatest asset is the great wealth of examples for worrying developments which the mainline media generally prefer to cover with silence. You'll find dozens of examples for Europe's inability and fear to deal with the growing Islamic influence and developments eroding her basic liberties.
There are two drawbacks, however which greatly hamper the book's usefulness:
- Especially in the first third the author tends to constantly compare Europe's failures and shortcomings to how brilliantly and better the USA are handling matters. Firstly this is simply not very convincing, considering the country's problems. It betrays a certain ethnocentric blindness which must harm Bawer's overall reasoning on the issue in question. It will secondly not be useful for the book's impact: If you want to convince people of your point of view it is not useful to constantly denigrate the very basics of their society.
- Bawer quotes all his examples without giving any sources. The ones which I remember he seems to report accurately enough but the book would have been ever so much better, had he added footnotes with nothing but bibliographical data on the sources of what he tells us. The book won't equip you with arguments beyond anecdotal evidence.
As it is Bawer won't get beyond preaching to the converted, I am afraid.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Civilizational suicide 5. März 2006
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In this absorbing work, Bawer examines the psychological, moral and political aspects of Europe's current predicament and its reaction to the threat posed by large unassimilated minorities in its midst. One of the most fascinating revelations concerns the monolithic multiculturalism of the continent's academic, media and political establishment. Political journalists are part of this ideological club so they consider mainstream politicians as colleagues. One consequence is that the ideological range of the European media is quite narrow. Rigid adherence to multiculturalism renders the integration of immigrants impossible with the result that members of these communities turn to Islamism for inspiration.

Beneath the surface tolerance and welfarism, there lurks something sinister in Europe today, something that the sanctimonious political correctness, anti-Americanism and anti-Zionism of the elites cannot cover up. Bawer exposes Europeans' nativism and intense awareness of ethnicity as manifested through subtle discrimination and the bigotry revealed in private discourse. Reared as bureaucrats, European politicians aspire to lucrative positions at the EU and the United Nations. The fall of the Berlin Wall did not result in gratitude towards the USA but increased resentment.

The first manifestations of the clash of civilization have been the murders of Van Gogh and Fortuyn, the Madrid bombing & London bombings, the 2005/6 riots in France and the uproar about the Danish cartoons. These are just the beginning of an ominous cultural conflict.
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For Americans, the moral was that tyranny was evil and must always be resisted; for Europeans, the moral was that war itself was evil and must be avoided at all costs. &quote;
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European prisons, moreover, are overwhelmingly Muslim. In France, the figure is 70 percent. &quote;
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In Denmark, Muslims make up 5 percent of the population but receive 40 percent of welfare outlays. Statistics for other countries are comparable. *2 &quote;
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